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The modern workplace should be a place where any form of discriminatory policies are outlawed.  Discriminatory practices in the UK have been outlawed in the workplace since the early 1970's.

Although discrimination exists to some extent in all societies, the workplace should be the place where it never occurs.

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The most common forms of discrimination:

  1. RACE - A persons racial background, it could the colour of a persons skin, or the racial background, for example being descent of Asian, West Indian, Irish ancestry.
  2. GENDER - An individuals gender.
  3. DISABILITY - A lot of people still in this day and age view people with disabilities, indifferently.

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When reading the following examples it may appear that you have been guilty of committing discrimination, be wary of your conduct at work, inform you colleagues. 

Racial and physical based discrimination will include:

  1. Physical bullying in the workplace based upon racial or physical disability, this will include jokes, workplace banter and isolation from activities in the workplace.
  2. Any threats as a result of bullying.

Gender based discrimination will include:

  1. Any form of suggestion that career progression will be based upon sexual favours.
  2. One employee becoming physically aggressive to another.
  3. Making rude or insulting jokes to someone of a sexual nature, this will include the distribution of any sexually explicit material in the workplace.

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As an employer it is vital that all forms of discrimination are eliminated in your workplace. Clear guidelines need to be put in place. The first would come in the form of informing all your employees of your business policy regarding discrimination and offer advice to employees.

The employer should in the guidelines allow for:

  1. Advice on how to handle discrimination, tell employees what they should not do.
  2. Show employees who to contact, when they have been receiving any form of discrimination
  3. Show that the business is prepared to listen to employee complaints of discrimination.
  4. Show that discrimination will not be tolerated.

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  1. Aim to make your business an equal opportunities employer.
  2. Offer every suitable employee, the chance to progress within your business.
  3. Publish clear business policies on what your discrimination policies are, inform all your employees.
  4. Enforce the policy, do not make any allowances as to which employees are disciplined, be aggressive!.
  5. Advertise the fact that your business is an equal opportunities employer, to get the highest caliber of employees.
  6. As the employer it will be up to you begin changes attitudes of your employees towards others in the business, but if the foundations are enshrined in business policy they should make society change for the better!, good luck.

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